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This Discrimination Policy can be provided by Employers to Employees, to inform them of how bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination are treated by the Employer.
This may cover such things as:
In many cases, Employers in Australia may be found to have a legal obligation towards all Employees to provide a safe workplace which is free from bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination. Therefore, Employers might be under a legal obligation to implement an effective Discrimination Policy.
It is important that this document accurately reflects the Employer's actual approach to bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination.
How to use this document
Use this document to notify Employees of how the Employer will handle matters involving bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination.
Ensure that the document accurately reflects the Employer's actual approach to these matters.
Once the document has been completed, it can be made available to Employees. It may be provided to new Employees when they first start working with the Employer. For existing Employees, it may be distributed, together with a message to notify them that this document outlines the Employer's updated approach to bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination.
In any event, it is important that the details of this Policy are actually communicated to Employees, and that Employees actually understand what is expected of them.
Some Employers choose to have Employees sign a copy of the document, to confirm that they have read and understood it. Signed copies may be kept on file by the Employer.
Some Employers also choose to make reference to this Policy within the Employment Contract.
The following legislation affects bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination in Australia:
- Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Commonwealth)
- Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Commonwealth)
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth)
- Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Commonwealth)
- Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Commonwealth)
Each state and territory has legislation in relation to work health and safety. Further information is available from Safe Work Australia.
In addition, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Commonwealth) deals with other employment matters such as unfair dismissal.
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